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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 20, 2006 5:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Openers.

Listening to one of the last dates before the infamous Mt. Ararat plane crash. Broome County 11.06.77 - Jumping Jesus what a smoking Mississippi Half Step to open! Pile of Smokin' Leather indeed.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Dec 20, 2006 9:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

I'm taking Purple gel up on that 14 min half step for sure. Not amazing but always fond of the Shoreline '90 show that starts Good Times Roll>Truckin>Touch. Bizzare start to what turns out to be one of the most crazy evenings to say the least.

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Dec 20, 2006 5:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

If you want to hear a great Half Step opener check out 10-28-79, 14 minutes of the most intense Half Step followed by 17 minutes of one of the best Franklin's out there.
Also check out the UJB>Playin>UJB to open on 6-8-80

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 20, 2006 7:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

Right you are, sir. The first night tends to get all the attention, but the second night is a powerhouse unto itself. The Halfstep is absolutely beautiful and the China/Rider is exceptional, not to mention everything else about this show. Not bad for a bunch of stand-ins, I mean who knew Wilfred Brimley could rock out like that? Musician and diabetic supplies pitchman, quite the Rennaisance Man.

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Dec 21, 2006 4:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

Just dl'ed 10/28/79 courtesty of Cosmic Charlie on a SHNFlac torrent. Great stuff. I'm still seeding it there.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Dec 20, 2006 5:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

one of the best openers is 06-17-1991 Eyes of the World...

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Dec 21, 2006 7:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

After reading Phil's Book I gave 6.8.69 a listen to and ended up DL the first set for the Opener Danicn" which is as psychedillic as can be, a great opener to a GREAT first Set

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Poster: mcglone Date: Dec 21, 2006 3:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

10-17-83 sugaree gets it started.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 21, 2006 4:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

Beautiful! Listening as I type. Thanks. One of my favorite songs anyway.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Dec 20, 2006 6:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

Truckin'-> Smokestack Lightning-> High Time 3-28-85
Midnight Hour-> Walkin' The Dog-> Big Boss Man 4-8-85

Not bad for being less than 2 weeks apart

Almost forgot:

Playin' In The Band-> Crazy Fingers 9-21-82

This post was modified by Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer on 2006-12-21 02:27:46

This post was modified by Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer on 2006-12-21 02:28:27

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 21, 2006 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

Its nice to listen to each of these suggested openers streaming on archive. Would make a nice little mix cd!

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Poster: high flow Date: Dec 21, 2006 5:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

I've got 5/26/77 playing now and it's Music Never Stopped opener is quite hot. AND, speaking of Sugaree, a 15min. 11sec. version follows...oh so nice....I'm early 2nd set just now.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Dec 20, 2006 7:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

Golden Hall, 11/24/79: China/Rider opener.

Holy Shite.

If you like Jerry and Phil ganging up to destroy an audience, this is for you. As powerful an opener as I can think of.

Listen and be stunned.

Again, Wilfred Brimley and Stephen King put on an admirable recreation of the originals.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2006-12-21 03:15:32

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Poster: orchiddoctor Date: Dec 20, 2006 7:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

Lovelight--twice in 1969.

Also Dancin' 12-31-71-- a unique version, the last before the disco versions of 76-77, after the plane crash, of course.

And wouldn't Touch of Grey from Jerry's return be a hot candidate?

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 21, 2006 4:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

Just listened to that a minute ago streaming-smoker for sure!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 21, 2006 4:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

March 1st 1969 at the Fillmore West - Cryptical Envelopment/That's it for the Other One. Comes at you like a runaway freight train.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 21, 2006 6:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Openers.

I love that Half Step from 11/6/77 as well. Packs quite a wallop. Something very "pow!" about that whole show, actually - maybe not the best show of the year but definately the hardest rocking IMO.

I'm partial to the Dew from 11/30/73.